What is iKnitty.com?

iKnitty.com is updated multiple times throughout the day with links to events, contests/giveaways, new products/books, reviews, free patterns, and contests.

I created this repository because I’m a fairly crappy knitter who mostly relies on the internet to learn new techniques … and to refresh myself because I’ve forgotten what the hell k3togb stands for.

“What’r YOU lookin’ at?”

I started this site for the following reasons:

1. There are really no comprehensive, up-to-date sites or blogs that cover knitting stuff, from KALs to carding wool to patterns to sales to how-tos. While watching 8-year-old videos on techniques in Cantonese (incidentally, how I learned to knit the rib stitch – luckily, I can count to 10 in Cantonese!) is great and certainly helpful, I wanted to know about the newest trends, news, and deals.

2. I love knitting blogs, but don’t you get tired of reading about people’s kids & grandkids, garden-planting mishaps, and rainy weather? SHOW ME THE KNITTING! I’m rolling through these blogs and pulling out the relevant goodness so you don’t have to.

3. So, you go to a site that proclaims HOT! FREE! PATTERNS! and you see an adorable pattern that you can’t wait to sink your needles into. Upon further inspection, you notice … wait. It’s not a knitting pattern. It’s a crochet pattern! (amigurumi, I am looking at you right now). Basically, in our little knitting clubhouse, NO HOOKERS ALLOWED. Well, OK. The crocheters can hang around for the yarn goodies.

4. I get a frightening amount of e-newsletters weekly from various knitting websites and stores. If there is a new item/product, sale/clearance, or contest/giveaway, I’m letting you know about it.

I founded a charity called Orlando Knits for the Homeless, and my I churn out scarves, hats, washcloths, and small blankets for the homeless in the Central Florida area. Sure, it’s hot here most of the year, but it definitely gets chilly here when you’re not indoors to sleep at night. Keeping on top of yarn and accessories deals also helps me help my community.

Questions? Email me. I’d love to hear your thoughts, your desires, your needs and wants. Since I am not working full-time, I’ve even got time to email you back! Let me know what you’d like to see, new features I can bring you, or if you’d like to be an affiliate.

Bisous,
– L

(DISCLAIMER: just because there’s an “i” in front of the work “knitty” doesn’t mean I’m in any way affiliated with Apple. You know, because if I were, I wouldn’t be creating this on Windows 10. I’m also not affiliated with Knitty.com, even though I’ll be linking to them because they are amazing.)

About your hostess:
L is a rather tall woman living in Central Florida, USA with one male Siamese cat, two gecko lizards, a Lutino parakeet, one (of two) daughter, and a very patient husband. She’s been knitting since 2002 when she decided to take a class on a whim, and never looked back. L has attempted to crochet multiple times and with instruction from very patient friends and family members, but only succeeded in cutting off the circulation to her fingers while wrapping them in yarn (hence her incessant ragging on hookers). She loves all things Doctor Who (especially knitting patterns), her DVR and iPhone, shopping for all kinds of bags, and lomography. She also is a kung fu/kettlebell practitioner, an urban beekeeper/square foot gardener, and a PhD candidate in Education when she’s not sitting on the sofa and cruising knitting sites.

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A little more about -L, meme-style:

1. What is your all-time favourite yarn to knit with?
Anything fingering weight. Since I live in Florida, I just look at it and think, “I could actually WEAR this!” Wool? Not so much.

2. Your favourite needles?
Anything carbonized bamboo, and preferably circular.

3. The worst thing you’ve ever knit?
I attempted to make a felted gathered scarf for the woman that laid me off. I should have taken it as a sign of my impending Employment Apocalypse as the stupid thing felted to about 1/3 its size (thanks, front-loading super-agitating washer) … also had a hole in it somehow. I burnt it in effigy in my fireplace.

4. Your most favourite knit pattern? (maybe you don’t like wearing it…but it was the most fun to knit)
HANDS DOWN: Pickles.no’s Bring it On Baby Blanket. This blanket is simple and the pattern repeats are easy to commit to memory – I can even knit it in the dark at the movies.

5. Most valuable knitting technique?
MAGIC LOOP, of course! It’s a godsend with starting out the circular blankets.

6. Best knit book or magazine?
For my knit books, I love AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister. For a magazine, I love Filati Handknitting Issue 35: Fall/Winter 2008/09, or any (English) Filati mag.

7. Do you knit continental or English?
English.

8. How long ago did you learn to knit?
In 2002, when I took a class at either JoAnn or Michaels and the instructor breast-fed her kid in a Baby Bjorn while leaning over to show us our stitches.

9. First FO?
A scarf made on like size 14 needles with a matching hat. HUGE and hilarious.

10. What do you have on the needles right now?
One of the many, MANY baby blankets that I make on a regular basis for the fertile women in my life…

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